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Monday, December 27, 2010
Saturday, December 18, 2010
In some perspective I think local art, in interpretation may be misunderstood by some degree, perhaps with the ideology of Chicano Art. Visually they may carry the same tone but, in the overall aspect, local art has been more influenced by the region in specific border issues, and the merge of two cultures, and not necessarily by the struggles in the Chicano movements that drove the influences in Chicano Art throughout America.
Perhaps it must be classified for what it is "Border Art" making those who practice it "Border Artists". gt
Friday, December 17, 2010
Tuesday, December 14, 2010
Wednesday, December 08, 2010
The Brownsville Museuem of Fine Art has partnered with the Brownsville Farmers Market to host Arts and Crafts Market Saturdays. It's the perfect place to shop for holiday goods. Every Saturday vendors can exhibit their crafts and art for free. Table rentals if needed can be rented at the museum for $10. Market hours are 9 AM - Noon. Admission to the museum is free during market hours.
Brownsville Museum of Fine Art
660 E. Ringgold Street
Brownsville, Texas 78520
Information Desk - 956-542-0941 Ext # 300
Wednesday, November 24, 2010
THIS SATURDAY NOV. 27 !!!!!!!
This will be the artists selling work:
Celeste de Luna
It will take place at:
Barrio Antiguo Studio
947 E. Monroe & 15th st.
Saturday Nov. 27, from 12 - 6 pm.
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
opening: November 20, 2011
closing: December 10, 2011
reception: November 20, 2011, 5:00pm
artist: cande aguilar
title: Clone Zone
venue: Galeria 409, 409 E 13th St., Brownsville TX, www.galeria409.com/
the exhibition (Clone Zone) consists of cande aguilar's most recent multimedia abstract paintings. Whether it is art history or pop tv, the artist abstracts elements and conceives multimedia abstract images, using oil, acrylic, permanent marker, enamel marker, oil paint stick, oil pastels, spray paint, fabric paint, and various stains and inks.
Tuesday, November 16, 2010
Thursday, November 11, 2010
Tuesday, November 09, 2010
Sponsors include: Brownsville Day & Night Clinic, Ford, Bud Lite, Taco Palenque, O’Reilly’s, Brownsville Recycling Center , Brownsville Injury Center , Hermes Music and the Bargain Book.
Again if you should have any questions, please do let me know. Look forward to hearing from all of you. Thanks
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Wednesday, October 27, 2010
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The Art of Brownsville Blog Interview
TAOB: Adan, first of all tell us about your childhood, what do you most remember about being a kid and what was it like growing up?
Adan:I grew up in Robstown Texas, close to Corpus in the fifties. We used to call my town- ''Robestan''. We were cotton pickers and migrant workers who followed the crops all the way up to Colorado. In Robestan, both my grandfathers were ''trokeros'', men with their own big canvas covered trokas that took the gente to the fields or carried them to other towns for work in the fields. It was a simple and brutal life, but we all helped each other out and had many laughs in spite of it all.
TAOB: How did you get interested in producing art? What can you tell us about your first paintings (what type of imagery and or style ). What or whom was the firsts inspirations ?
Adan:I first started drawing at an early age, 7 or 8 yrs. old. My first inspiration were the Mayan and Aztec calendars my parents had in our home. Later, I would draw Batman or Superman on the notebooks for the chavalos in elementary school where I went. I went to San Antonio College on a scholarship when I was 18, but didn't learn anything because all they had us doing was drawing the model for months on end. I didn't want to be an artist if all I could paint were images glorifying European thought or cowboy art, so I dropped out and worked construction or painted houses. It wasn't till I was 30 yrs. old that I realized I could do Chicano art and make a living at it.
TAOB: Can you tell us a little about how you got chosen to produce the artwork for the movie "Blood in Blood Out" , perhaps tell us what you were doing before and any stories of how the deal came about ?
Adan:Before my art was discovered for Blood In Blood Out, I was at one of the lowest points of my life. Other older Chicano artists that I looked up to, didn't want me showing with them and shunned me completely. That Friday, the gallery where I was exhibiting, told me I had been cut from the artshow with my peers because I didn't qualify to show with them. That Sunday, I got a call from the gallery that there was a man there from Hollywood who wanted to include my arte in this feature film about Chicanos in LA. I was so brainwashed from all the bullshit handed to me lately that I hung up on them. The phone rang again and it was Bruno Rubeo, Production Designer for the film and he told me that this was very important and that the director of the film, Taylor Hackford, was flying in the next day to talk to me. I told Bruno that I wasn't gonna set foot in that gallery unless it was to pick up my artwork.
I had 20 or more paintings in there and while they were moving artwork around for the artshow I wasn't going to be in, they placed two of my pieces in the gallery's downtown window where Bruno saw them. Bruno told me to meet him in a hotel across the street, He said that it was very important and to come now. We met and the next day the director flew in and told me the whole story of Blood In Blood Out. I was excited but told him I didn't do any commercial work, only my vision. He said I didn't have to even change my style and that I would have a say so in every piece I did. I had to create over thirty pieces of artwork.
The gallery didn't have a contract with me and now they were shitting in their pants. The director told me he had heard what they had done to me and told me I didn't need them and they could go to hell. But I reminded him that my work had been discovered at the gallery and that it wouldn't be right to exclude them from this lucrative deal. I signed a very simple contract with them.
Soon, my artwork that had been kicked around from one prospective buyer to another in San Anto, was selling like crazy in LA to Hollywood insiders. Paintings which were priced at $4500. were now selling for $25,000, thanx to the gallery. When ten years of my work had been sold in LA in a matter of months, the gallery told me that my peers, who had shunned me, wanted to know if I could take their portfolios to LA to see if someone would buy something. I did, but everyone I showed the portfolios to, told me that they had heard how they had treated me and that they could go to hell.
TAOB: You have had tremendous success since the film " Blood in Blood Out", you have done shows in different countries, your work is collected by many famouse people and museums, you have had your first novel published, perhaps everything an artist can hope for as a Chicano Artist, do you still or have ever felt there was limitations for being Chicano Artist ?
Adan: There is tremendous racism against Chicano art with museums across the board, though the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York acquired two of my pieces for their Permanent Collection. Blue Chip galleries are also in cahoots with this mainstream idealogy as well as Universities which don't recognize Chicano art in scholarly terms. After the film wrapped, I was invited by the MET in New York and the Smithsonian in Washington, to have an exhibit and talk to college professors about Chicano art. When I asked the how many other Chicno/a artists were in their collection, they told me I was the only at the MET. When you collect our arte with the same zeal as you collect white art, I'll be more than happy to have an exhibit, I told them. I never heard back from them again. Artist Jesse Trevino went in my place because the museums were getting hassled by Latino organizations for totally overlooking our contributions to art history. The Smithsonian wouldn't even buy one of his pieces. Businessmen here in San Anto had to put money together to donate one of his paintings to the museum.
TAOB: Tell us about your painting habbits, do you produce work everyday, how do you go about producing a painting, do you spend alot of time in the studio ?
Adan: I practically live in my studio which is located in my backyard. When I'm not producing art, I'm always thinking about it. This is all I do. I don;t have a 8 to 5, but somehow I survive and even thrive because collectors around the world, find me and buy my work.
TAOB: Tell us about being part of Cheech Marin - Collection and "Chicano Vision" , which also include younger artists, Alex Rubio, and Vincent Valdez both also of San Antonio, are you in contact with them and is there ideas of producing more future shows?
Adan:Cheech is a big collector of my work and he did everything he could to get our art into museums and their permanent collections and into blue chip galleries, but it was a complete failure. I know Rubio and Vincent and we have remained friends. Currently, there are no plans for future shows.
TAOB: Other than art what else is important to you?
Adan: That my RAZA realize that we are talented in any field and no matter how the mainstream tries to ignore us or belittle our accomplishments, we have the survival skills to overcome any adversity. Our elders did it with far less and they went through hell to get us where we are today. We should not react by getting into gangs or going to jail, but rise above our meager beginnings.
TAOB:Do you think the idea, and or style of Chicano Art differs by region in Texas, California, Chicago and New York? Has the idea of producing Chicano Art changed throughout time and what do you think has caused it ?
Adan: Todos semos del mismo rancho'', as my abuelito used to say. No matter where we end up, this pride and resistance against oppression runs deep because we get treated the same. Chicano art started with the civil rights movement of the sixties as political art, but has matured into high art with the political aspect still strong as far as my art is concerned.
There are many Hispanic artists today who have been brainwashed by the educational system into believing that they can be ''so much more'' than a Chicano artist. But, as Cheech once told an auditorium in the San Diego Museum filled with stiff suits from the artworld, ''Chicano art stands for something and it is about deep meaning and oppression. It is a symbol of survival and it nurtures the soul. These artists were not even supposed to be artists because of you and instead were meant to be your slaves! The art in your collections now, stands for nothing and it is about nothing!'' You could hear the jaws drop.
TAOB: Tell us what advise do you have for young artists, can you give advise perhaps what paints, brands, you use, do your prefer oils to acrylics?
Adan: I started out with pencil drawings because I was afraid of color. I am self taught, really, so I would spend hours at the library studying the colors used by the masters, especially the Impressonists. I started with acrylic paints but now I work with oils and pastels. with oils, I use Windsor and Newton because they are the best quality. With pastels, I use the most expensive brands.
TAOB: Indulge us for a second: Have you ever been to Brownsville, Texas and or anywhere to the Rio Grande Valley for an Art Show ? Or perhaps heard of a any artists and or heard of any notable exhibit, venue in the growing art community here in the south Texas ?
Adan: Sadly, I haven't but have known many gente from there. Some scholar from there was trying to get me some money to go down there and do a slide show and lecture for his college, but it never happened. I know Grace Vega and I lectured at her school last November, thanx to her efforts to get me there.
TAOB: Describe one of your most recent paintings , tell us about the title, style and imagery?
Adan: I just did a 57''x85'' oil painting for a good friend from LA. the piece is titled: ''Diez Y Ocho ''Ilegales'' Pressure Cook in a Boxcar #2''. I'll send you a picture with this E-mail. This actually happened in 1987 in the middle of summer in Arizona. They were trapped in a boxcar and the heat was so great that their stomachs exploded. The newspaper article was aboutfive lines long and i didn't find out till ten years later that there were two women in the boxcar with them. Only a sixteen year old boy survived because he found a spike and scratched a small sliver of a hole only big enough to stick his nose through and breathe air. These are the kinds of things in our culture that inspire me. I didn't use any models for this piece or most of my pieces, but make them up in my head.
TAOB: Adan many thanks for your time and response to this interview...last question, what advise do you give artists about pricing there artwork? Is producing art as important selling art?
Adan: If being an artist is all you do, you have to sell artwork to keep going. Most of us don't have rich grandmothers or aunts to keep us going. but, like anything you dedicate yourself to, you have to live your dream everyday and everyday you have to do something about it. As far as pricing, that all depends on the demand for your work and your status as an artist. But, you must put a price on yourself on your own or others will do it for you and most of the time, it will be a disappointment. Also, give thanx everyday no matter how bad things may be and think of yourself as the luckiest person in the world and life will give you many more things to be grateful for. Try to love everybody, even your enemies and you will receive love back from life and nature.
I would like to plug my graphic novel: ''Los Vrysoso ( the Radiant Ones) -A Tale From the Varrio'' published in 2006. www.starquestbooks.com. I recommend all my Raza read it so they will be proud of who they are and will give them the power to excell in life. thank you, for letting me share with my Raza my love and commitment to them. Adan
Wednesday, October 06, 2010
Friday, October 01, 2010
Adan Hernandez grew up on the Westside of San Antonio, TX. He has been a serious artist for thirty years. His work is included in the permanent collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City and has been exhibited in museums and galleries throughout the U.S. , Europe and Mexico . His collectors include many Hollywood insiders including Taylor Hackford (‘’Ray’’., ‘’Proof of Life’’), actor, comedian Cheech Marin, Hellen Mirren, Sean Ferrer, CEO Ruby Payne, CEO Intravision, Walter Ulloua, Stratton Leopold, Film Producer (‘’Mission Impossible 3’’), among others. His work is shown regularly in Los Angeles .
Adan created all the original artwork for the character Cruz in the barrio classic: Bound By Honor. This feature film has become a cult classic worldwide, most notably, to Latinos here in America and especially in the barrios. The reason for the film’s incredible success was the artwork created by Adan. Latinos saw art that reflected their reality for the first time in a feature film or any film for that matter.
His work has recently been included in Cheech Marin’s blockbuster traveling exhibition ‘’Chicano Visions: American Painters On the Verge’’, which has broken attendance records in museums across America and will travel to Mexico , Europe and Tokyo in the next few years. At the Smithsonian, eight hundred thousand people saw the show. This show is currently in exhibit at the LA County Museum; summer 2008.
In 2006, Adan had his first novel published. ‘’Los Vryosos’’ (‘’Los Vrillosos’’) (‘’The Radiant Ones’’) – A Tale From the Varrio. This pictorial novel is about barrio life set on the Westside of San Antonio, TX. His novel, which Adan worked on for thirteen years, contains over forty original works of art and a screensaver CD with all the images, most in color. www.starquestbooks.com.
Adan is currently available for slide show and lecture appearances. Since art classes have been severely slashed recently, Adan’s visits have sparked student’s imagination, especially in the barrios, where low self esteem is the main cause of many drop outs.
Adan has been presenting at high schools and colleges for years. He has visited Memorial High School , Edgewood Fine Arts Academy, Kennedy High School , Saint Mary’s University, UTSA campus, The University of Houston, Cuachella High School in California where he and actor Jesse Borrego lectured three thousand students in two days.
Most recently, Adan did a slide show and lecture for the Bilingual Teacher’s Association’s annual conference. To schedule an appearance, please contact Adan @ 210-473-0934.
Thursday, September 30, 2010
WHO: The Brownsville Society for the Performing Arts (BSPA)
WHEN: Thursday October 7 through Sunday October 10, 2010
WHERE: Various Locations in Brownsville, Texas
The Brownsville Society for the Performing Arts (BSPA) invites you to its Annual Brownsville Latin Jazz Festival, to take place this coming October 7, 8, 9 and 10. Inaugurated by the late great Tito Puente in 1997, it's become the pride of Brownsville and one of the most anticipated events in the Rio Grande Valley’s cultural calendar. The Brownsville Latin Jazz Festival has hosted countless Latin Jazz artists of the highest caliber, advanced multi-cultural diversity, generated tourism, improved our quality of life and entertained thousands for fourteen years! It is widely recognized as the premier Latin Jazz Festival in all South Texas and one of the best in the USA! Recognizing this achievement, the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) has awarded the Festival a generous grant for the third year in a row and the Texas Commission on the Arts (TCA) has likewise awarded BSPA with a prestigious organizational grant, citing the Festival as “an admirable event”. Both are the largest grants ever awarded by NEA and TCA to any performing arts presenter in the RGV!
The four-day weekend will feature top of the line artists, not only performing but also sharing their talent and experience with us locals, courtesy of the Festival! FREE AMATEUR SALSA CLASSES by Sabor Vallero are taking place NOW in selected clubs throughout the RGV; some of the top dancers in the world will give FREE MASTER SALSA CLASSES to a limited amount of dancers during Festival weekend; a FREE IMPROVISATION CLINIC by visiting flute and sax master Pete Whitman, pianist Laura Caviani, drummer Wayne Salzmann, and local bassist Matt Johnson will take place on Friday, October 8; and visiting pro vocalist Lucia Newell will also offer a FREE BRAZILIAN VOCALS CLINIC. Please contact Rosie Coronado at 956-831-9590 for times and locations. The Festival program is as follows:
THURSDAY OCTOBER 7 / KICK-OFF JAZZ JAM AT BARCELONA NIGHTS!
The Festival’s opening night will kick-off Brownsville’s newly created Historic Downtown Entertainment District on Adams Street between 12th and 13th Streets with a FREE STREET PARTY & CONCERT featuring the award-winning UTB/TSC One O’clock Jazz Band and the veteran all-star lineup of the Charles Hearn Sextet. Between sets, BSPA will inaugurate its brand-new 16’x9’ giant outdoor movie screen with HBO’s El Espiritu de la Salsa courtesy of CineSol Film Festival. Enjoy great pizza and wings by Barcelona Nights and cool drinks by Joe Kenney’s Cobblehead’s Bar & Grill. Be there by 7:30 PM and stay ‘til after midnight. Help us launch the hottest entertainment district in South Texas!
FRIDAY OCTOBER 8 / BRAZILIAN JAZZ JAM AT SHENANIGANS!
It’s another FREE OUTDOOR CONCERT featuring a Musical Tribute to Brazilian Music with Twin-Cities based pro vocalist Lucia Newell, pianist Laura Caviani and flute and sax master Pete Whitman, Austin celebrities Liz Morphis on vocals and Wayne Salzmann on drums, all hosted by BSPA producer and jazz guitar virtuoso Clay Moore & His Frontera Jazz Quartet. The audience will be treated to an amazing guitar-flute session by Dr. Michael Quantz, BSPA’s Vice-President martial-arts sensei and classical guitar guru, accompanied by flute professor Dr. Cristina Balliatori. Music outdoors starts at 7:30 PM and ends midnight… but stay for the indoor jam session until 2:00 am! Festival partner Shenanigans Irish Pub & Grill is located at 2451 Pablo Kisel Blvd. in north Brownsville, right in front of Best Buy.
SATURDAY OCTOBER 9 / NIGHT AT THE COPA WITH PONCHO SANCHEZ!
It’s the Festival’s headline event in an ambiance reminiscent of a classic Latin dance club with legendary congüero and Grammy Award Winner PONCHO SANCHEZ from Los Angeles and an opening set by the RGV’s top Salsa band Grupo Aché. Come dance and enjoy a spectacular Salsa show by the world’s top dancers: Ritmo y Sabor from Oaxaca… current ESPN Salsa Team World Champions! Delicious festival food and drinks by Joe Kenney’s Cobblehead’s Bar & Grill. Doors will open at 7:00pm at the Jacob Brown Auditorium, 600 International Blvd.. General admission is $30 per person and Reserved VIP Tables for six are only $300.
SUNDAY OCTOBER 10 / DEL CASTILLO AT THE CAPITOL THEATRE!
It’s everyone’s favorite FREE OUTDOOR CONCERT! Excellent music, dance, art, food and wholesome family entertainment from 2:00 to 10:00 pm in front of the Capitol Theatre on the corner of 11th and E. Levee Streets in Historic Downtown Brownsville, featuring the Charles Hearn Sextet, Guajiro 14, the Austin Samba School (Acadêmicos da Ópera) and none other than DEL CASTILLO… the world-touring, award-winning Brownsville super band! Hard-core Cowboys football fans can keep an eye on the game inside the Capitol Theatre in our giant 16’x9’ screen. Wrapping up will be Grupo Aché so dance the night away! Bring grandma, grandpa & the kids for quality entertainment they won’t forget!
Beautiful tropical art from Imágenes Studio and Friends will be on display at every event and available for purchase! ARTWORK BY: TONI HUDSON, ANTONIO ANTINORI, GABRIEL TREVINO
Buy tickets for Saturday’s Poncho Sanchez Concert at the door or, better yet, buy them online with PayPal or your credit card at www.brolatinjazz.org. Call BSPA at 956-831-9590 directly, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to buy or reserve VIP tables for six.
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Thursday, September 23, 2010
The Brownsville Museum of Fine Art is partnering with the Brownsville Farmer's Market to combine our community efforts to support local artisan crafts and farmer's produce.
Painters, artisans, jewelry-makers, craftsman & more, let us know if you'd like to show and sell your work on the Brownsville Museum of Fine Art grounds.
Kicks off SATURDAY OCTOBER 2
9am - Noon
660 E. Ringold St. (Next-door to the Gladys Porter Zoo)
Set up time is 8 am
You can set-up your area for free at the BMFA grounds or you can rent tables from us at $10 per table.
We are welcoming all artisans, but we especially want to feature artisans selling items that incorporate recycled materials or crafts made by hand.
Please call the BMFA to reserve your space 542-0941.
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CALL TO ARTISTS
PORT ISABEL ART WALK
The Merchant’s Committee of Port Isabel is pleased to announce the 6th annual “Port Isabel Art Walk” to be held on Saturday, November 6th, 2010 at the historic Lighthouse Square. We are now accepting reservations from artists wishing to participate. The Art Walk will feature many artists working in oil, watercolor, mixed media, photography, glass sculpting, jewelry design, pottery and more.
All works exhibited must be the work of the participating artist. No rent or commission will be charged, however, each artist must supply their own table, chairs, tent and umbrellas for shade (if desired) and lighting. Exhibitors must be set up by 2:45 pm and stay until at least 7:00pm. Please register early. For more information or to register please contact Kitty Ayers at the Purple Parrot Art Gallery (956) 943-2004, or by e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org . Location assignments will be made when registrations have been completed, however we will try to accommodate artists requesting particular spaces (first come, first served). Please register by October 25th.
You don’t want to miss this year’s event. Music and refreshment will be provided at various locations.
Sunday, September 19, 2010
JOSE MANUEL SALAS
ACADEMIA DE SAN CARLOS/ UNAM
ART CLASSES - BY JOSE MANUEL SALAS
FRIDAY - 5:30PM TO8:00PM
SATURDAY - 10:30AM TO 1PM
SALON DE CONSEJERIA
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CONTACT:956-372 -4589 / 956 -08-8770
Friday, September 10, 2010
TAOB: First of all many thanks for taking time to do this interview, tell us a little about your childhood, where were you born and what do you most remember about being a kid ?
RIGOBERTO: Thanks for the kind words and for allowing me to share my work through your blog. I was born in Reynosa Tamaulipas . What I most remember from my childhood would be my family life with my four older sisters and brother. One of my fondest memories would be of watching my mother draw to keep me entertained as a child and also seeing my older brother draw and been very impressed by him. I would say that is what initially motivated me to be an artist.
TAOB: When did you first get interested in art, painting, who , where did your first inspirations come from ?
RIGOBERTO: first inspiration, that takes me back. Seeing something so beautiful that motivated me to try and replicate its beauty. I have to say that the first fresh green sprouts of either sorgum orsorghumthat my father used to grow in his ranch/ farm. I remember as a five year old picking up colored pencils and making a drawing of the field with green leafs sprouting from the dark brown dirt. Natures first green is gold, so writes Robert Frost.
Later on in life what motivated to start painting was a book titled Living with Art by Rita Glibert which my brother was using when he was taking Art Appreciation at UTPA. It is a great book contained a lot of great information regarding artist biographies, art materials, and art theories.
TAOB: Tell us about your education back ground, where did you go to school and were there any strugles to achive your goals and perhaps what helped you over come them ?
RIGOBERTO: I have a Bachelors in Art from UTPA in Edinburgh and a Masters in Painting From the New York Academy of Art. But looking back at my educational career I feel I am largely self taught. Making art is always a struggle, from money, discrimination, jealousy from peers, narrow minded professors but you have to be self motivated and have firm goals and you can't let anything stand in your way.
TAOB: What local shows have you done in the valley, and what future plans do you have to exhibit locally ?
RIGOBERTO: The most notable shows I have had in the valley would be solo shows in 2005 at University of Texas at Brownsville, and La Casa de La Cultura in Reynosa, 2006 At The Art House in Mcallen, and 2007 At the Harlingen Heritage Museum. Currently I am in the process of negotiating an exhibit in a local museum in Brownsville for 2011-12. I am also have a show for 2011 at the Rubin center at UTEP in El Paso and another show in San Francisco at a non for profit art space.
TAOB: As an artist -painter what do you hope to achieve, what importance do you hope people walk away with , when they see your work?
RIGOBERTO: I hope to be able to create profound images. Images that moves the viewer intellectually, emotionally and makes them more aware of the world around them.
TAOB: Besides producing art, what else is important in your life ?
RIGOBERTO: Right now the big project between my wife and I is taking care of our two week old baby.
TAOB: What is a process that you have when producing art, any rituals, methods that you may have to get things done as an advise to other artist who are just starting out ?
RIGOBERTO: I do a lot of preparation work, before I start a painting. Numerous sketches, perspective drawings of the setting for a scene, before I settle on a composition. Although I prefer to work from life this is not always possible. For many of the images in my work I work with groups of models that act out the scenes I want to depict. Once I decided on a composition I transfer the drawing to my canvas using a grid method and paint the entire scene in monochrome and add color at the final stage. I also work with a palette of carefully gradated colors that I premix before I start painting. So my advice to young artist is don't listen to people who emphasise spontaneity, freedom and expressiveness when painting. That type of advice is nothing but worthless out dated modernist, post modernist, - post deconstructivist art school instruction cliche.
TAOB: Is there any local artist here in the valley whose work you follow, any local inspiration or perhaps tell us what artist work inspires you ?
RIGOBERTO: There are several artist who I wish I could have kept in touch with one of them is Noel Palmenez we were both students at UTPA I always thought his work was ambitious but I have not seen his work in years. I would imagine his work has improved. One artist whose advice I occasionally seek out is Phillip Field who was my main instructor at UTPA. Another interesting artist and personality I respect is Carlos Gomez. Vincent Desiderio is an artist who I studied under in New York and I find his work very intriguing. I think his work is incredibly ambitious. But my true inspiration is Caravaggio, Jose de Ribera, Velasquez and Peter Paul Rubens. Another source of inspiration is the Mexican magazine Alarma, and the conversations I have had with Mexican Bartenders, waiters and cabdrivers from Matamoros up to Ciudad Juarez.
TAOB: Rigoberto Gonzalez , many thanks for your time and response to this interview, we hope to hear more from you soon., tell us last, how did you here about this blog, The Art of Brownsville ?
RIGOBERTO: Google told me all about you. Many thanks to you too.
Here are some links to some news coverage I have been getting for my artwork. I just spent two years in an artist residency in New Mexico and currently living in Harlingen. I believe they are interesting and worth your time.
below is a news report from an El Paso newsprogram they did a story on my exhibit in Las Cruces. forward the video to minute 8:10. that is when my story starts.
Rigoberto Gonzalez Alonso
218 W. Jackson Street
Harlingen, Texas 78550
Anna Marie Varela
Sangre y Herencia
Grace Barraza-Vega has been known for organizing art related events in Corpus Christi and in the Valley. Her most recent exhibitions were at the TMC and De la Paloma gallery in Corpus Christi and Chimaya gallery in California. She also exhibited in Saudi Arabia and England. Thematically her works have direction. It is important for her ideas to sprout relevance in her life. Her works carry a notion of who she is as an artist. Ever since her days in Junior High, her interest has grown towards the arts. Where it all began was when she was involved with the higher education program called the Mother and Daughter Program that was sponsored by NASA at the University of Brownville that set an action towards this goal. Her imageries are filled with indigenous genre of people of everyday life. She said that “I am a product of Mestizo Culture.” Not just culture in its influences but other artist has left a mark in Grace’s works as well. Vincent Van Gogh’s expressive color power and Henri Matisse abstracting the form with color both have inspired many artists and Grace is no exception. She said “I look at various masters that I feel had similar emotions and dreams.” Perhaps Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera, and David Siqueiros had inspired thematically Grace’s works because she is compelled to demonstrate her idea about life through painting. She has exhibited in numerous places such as California, Texas, and New Mexico. Graces Barraza-Vega’s works will be displayed at Gallery 218, “Going Beyond the Visual Spectrum on Saturday, September 18, 2010 from 7:00 PM until 11:00PM. Alan Duval’s band from Brownsville will be playing his classic rock. For more Information, contact Anna Marie Varela at (956) 457-9401 or Benjamin Varela (956) 457-4093. Our home phone number is (956) 262-1762. You can also look us up on Facebook under Anna Varela beyondgallery218 or email us at email@example.com Gallery hours are Saturdays from 1:00PM to 5:00 PM.
With warm regards
Anna Marie & Benjamin Varela
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CALL FOR ARTISTS
We need to get artists and possibly some local acoustic musicians for the BL VIP event in the Sweney building Thursday, October 7. We are looking to showcase local artists in a great gallery type environment above E Adams the night of the opening for the 14th Annual Latin Jazz Festival.
Thursday, September 02, 2010
Sunday, August 29, 2010
Friday, August 20, 2010
Sunday, August 15, 2010
AMIGOS ARTISTAS - "ART IN THE PARK"
SEPTEMBER 12, 2010 -SUNDAY 10AM TO 5PM
RINGGOLD CIVIC INDOOR PAVILLION
DEAN PORTER PARK
501 EAST RINGGOLD ST.
50 - 55 Artists will participate.
Prizes will be awarded to 1st, 2nd, 3rd Place as selected by a juried committee. Also guest will vote for "The Peoples Choice" Award.
VISIT AMIGOS ARTISTAS : http://www.amigosartistas.org/
Friday, August 13, 2010
Grumbacher Paint is looking to hire accomplished acrylic painters to teach two-hour workshops at a major retailer in locations across the United States and Canada. Artist must be capable of demonstrating a still life, landscape, seascape, and floral. We have developed a flexible curriculum in acrylics for an artist to use or adapt to fit to his or her style. We plan to conduct approximately one to four workshops per store per month and the artist will have flexibility in scheduling. Compensation is $100 per workshop, and teaching materials will be provided to the artist at no cost.
Please have anyone who is interested email Daniel McGloin at firstname.lastname@example.org with examples of works in acrylics, a resume, and contact information. (Chartpak is a manufacturere of fine art supplies. Grumbacher, Koh-I-Noor, Higgins Ink, and Clearprint are some of our brands.)
Thank you in advance for any help you might provide.
One River Rd
Leeds, MA 01053
Wednesday, August 11, 2010
Some of the artists will be at the Museum to explain their works.
Please join and enjoy the color and forms given to Brownsville from the Regiomontanas artists.
Consul Evangelina O. García-Moreno DL
Cultural Affairs and Commercial-Tourism Promotion
Consulate of Mexico
Brownsville, Tx. 78520
Tel.: (956) 542 20 51 ext. 12
Cel. (956) 243.1552
Tuesday, August 10, 2010
DAVI D FREEMAN
Thursday, March 3 to Friday, April 1
“Transcending Global Technologies: Abstruse Systems”
"The theme of the “Transcending Global Technologies Abstruse Systems” exhibit is
high technology and primitive naive perspectives, fetishes of modern
cultures, concerns with texting, image capture and exchange and complex
schematics of time, space, belief, truth, desire and action. "
The Art Gallery in Rusteberg Hall
Celeste de Luna, Gallery Director
All opening day exhibitions start at 6:30 p.m.
Call (956) 882-7097 for daily hours and
TAOB NOTES: In July of 2009 Freeman exhibited at the Brownsville Museum of Fine Arts Exhibit - "Unstoppable Imagination of Information for Change " .
RICHARDSON GALLERY ALSO INCLUDES
Thursday, Jan. 27 to Friday, February 25
“In Pursuit of the Figure”
Thursday, April 7 to Friday, April 15
Senior Students I
Thursday, April 21 to Friday, April 29
Senior Students II
Saturday, August 07, 2010
JURIED EXHIBITION APRIL 13 - JUNE 4 2011
DEADLINE FOR ENTRY FORM: JUNUARY 5, 2011
FOR MORE INFORMATION VISIT:
Friday, August 06, 2010
TAOB: Tell us where do you reside and or where are you from: I am an artist residing in Corpus Christi, but I lived in Brownsville for thirty years.
TAOB: What is your educational backround: I received a BFA at Texas A&M in Corpus Christi, and I am presently working towards my Master of Arts' degree
with emphasis on Painting.
TAOB:What is your exhibition history: I have exhibited in numerous galleries in Corpus Christi, San Antonio, Austin, San Benito and Harlingen. Presently,
ChimMaya Gallery of Los Angeles, CA has been seeking my work. In this gallery, my work has been exhibited with
George Yepes, Cesar Martinez, Adan Hernandez, Margaret Garcia, Yolanda Gonzalez, Frank Romero, and Gilbert
"Magu" Lujan. All artists in the Cheech Marin's Collection.
TAOB: Tell us about your most recent accomplishments: Recently, one of my pieces was selected to exhibit at the University of Texas in San Antonio in the show "New Art,
Arte Nuevo 2010. Artists from South and West Texas submitted work for consideration. There was an excess of
600 pieces. Only 53 made it to the show. My piece "El Vato Louie" was selected for the exhibit. Additionally,
"El Vato Louie" was selected to appear in the Sunday paper of San Antonio's News Express.
TAOB: What are your current interests in the growing Brownsville art scene: I would very much like to exhibit at Galeria 409, since I am a product of Brownsville. Meanwhile, I am forwarding a few pieces of work and
my vitae for your review.
TAOB: Many thanks for your support and interest with The Art of Brownsville blog, I hope your exhibit works out. Your work is sure to resonate well with the Brownsville community: Best Regards, Grace Barraza-Vega...
CONTACT:Grace Barraza Vega EMAIL: email@example.com
Tuesday, August 03, 2010
Brownsville LivingAugust 3, 2010 at 11:10pm
Subject: BL First Thursday Happy Hour @Cobbleheads 5:30 to whenever!
This is just a quick reminder that you RSVPed "MAYBE" to attend the BL Happy Hour @ Cobbleheads this Thursday at 5:30. It promises to be a great event with drink specials, FREE food, door prizes and fun into the evening so come on out and join us!
Brownsville Living. Be part of it.
Saturday, July 31, 2010
The Art of Brownsville
"I think it is important to put art in perspective and question the idea of what it means to those that produce it and those who seek it. It is easy to misunderstand art, to mislabel it, to accept it for the various reasons other than what it was originally intend it for. Art is vulnerable and dependant, an idea that needs from those that accept it."
Friday, July 30, 2010
Pues aparte de decirles a todos que estoy de vuelta por estas polvorientas y narcotrafiqueras tierras fronterizas, quisiera por otro lado, pedirles un gran favor. Precisamente como parte de mi proyecto expositivo para obtener la maestría voy a realizar una instalación a base de libros para principios del mes de septiembre. Por lo tanto, requiero de una cantidad considerable de libros, es decir, MUCHOS, MUCHOS LIBROS!!!!!!!!!!!
En eso es donde entra su ayuda. Ando en busca de TODO tipo de libros, los que ya no usen y se quieran deshacer de ellos, yo voy a recogerlos. Entonces cualquier cantidad es buena, aunque tengan poquitos, de algo me servirán. Igualmente si pueden correr la voz con sus amigos, familiares, conocidos, en los lugares donde trabajen, etc; como les dije, cualquier tipo de libro o revista es bienvenido.
En dado caso de que tengan, yo voy por ellos o si acaso pueden, la galería Albertina sería el centro de acopio.
Pues bueno, se despide su servidor esperando puedan colaborar con esta noble causa!!!!!!!
PD. Corran la voz por favor!!!!
Wednesday, July 28, 2010
Bully Bump 2 Ink Expo
WHEN: 11 a.m. Saturday, July 31
WHERE: Mercedes Livestock Show Grounds
COST: $5 for parking
CALL: (956) 908-3157
Bully breed owners will have a chance to show off their pups and rides Saturday, July 31, at the Bully Bump 2 Ink Expo. The event will take place at the Mercedes Livestock Show Grounds.
The American Bully Kennel Club will be featuring bully dogs from all over the nation. Attendees can also register their bully breed dogs to compete in a dog show. And drivers with the best rides are welcome to enter their automobiles in the festival’s car show.
Games such as tug of war, wing and hot dog-eating contests, a grito contest, a battle of the rappers, a “Halo” tournament and a pizza-making contest will take place throughout the day with prizes for each winner.
Local artists are invited to show off their works; acrylic, oil, ceramic and graffiti art work is welcome. And those with body art are invited to compete in tattoo competitions, including best animal tattoo, best sports themed tattoo and sexiest tattoo.
Proceeds will be used to purchase toys for charity.
Come to the Brownsville Latin Jazz Festival... three days
of the best music and dancing in the Rio Grande Valley,
inaugurated 13 years ago by the late, great
King of Latin Music Tito Puente!
The Latin Jazz Festival proudly welcomes to Brownsville our latest sponsor:
FRIDAY OCTOBER 8
from 8pm to 12am, its a
FREE OUTDOOR CONCERT
A MUSICAL TRIBUTE TO
Featuring talented local artists and very special guests!
Stick around until 2:00 AM for the indoors, after-show
All-Star Jam Session with surprise guests artists!
2451 Pablo Kisel Blvd, Brownsville, TX 78526
in front of Best Buy... click here for a map.
SATURDAY OCTOBER 9
its our TROPICAL GALA
in an ambience reminiscent of a classic Latin Dance Club,
with the world-class music of the Festival's headline band,
the Grammy Award Winning
PLUS... an amazing opening act and
professional dance showcases!
Doors open 7:00 PM at the Jacob Brown Auditorium
Click here for a map!
General Admission is $30
Reserved Tables for Six are $300
SUNDAY OCTOBER 10
from 2pm until 10pm
its the Latin Jazz Festival's popular
FREE OUTDOOR CONCERT
...a day of excellent music, dance, art, good food and wholesome
fun for the entire family from 2 PM to 10 PM, in front of
the Capitol Theatre, on the corner of 11th & Levee Streets
in Historic Downtown Brownsville, featuring:
The award-winning Latin Rock band from Austin, Tx!
The undisputed lords of RGV Salsa will wrap up the festival with their hot sounds and cool moves!
Also showing... the tropical masterpieces of
IMÁGENES ART STUDIO
WORLD-CLASS MUSIC, GREAT FOOD, DANCING, BEVERAGES &
FUN FOR THE ENTIRE FAMILY... BRING THE KIDS!
THIS SHOW CAN'T SELL OUT... IT'S FREE!
CALL 956-831-9590 FOR DISCOUNT HOTEL INFORMATION,
TICKETS, TABLES OR MORE INFORMATION.
BROWNSVILLE, July 2010 -The Brownsville Historical Association invites you to relax after work on Friday, July 30, 2010 with Historical Happy Hour! This adult centered event give guests the chance to relax with a drink or two from 5:00pm to 7:00pm while visiting the museum after hours. The newly renovated Heritage Museum sports a working tap in the in-house Crixell Saloon. This program is adult only and is $10.00 for members and $20.00 for non-members. Pre-registration is not needed, but is highly suggested!
This month's Happy Hour is generously sponsored by Jone Liquors of Brownsville, and we will have Texas brewed beers available to taste! In addition to this great mini tour of Texas, Ole Television will be on hand to film parts of Happy Hour for Ole TV, which airs Thursdays on Channel 23.
The original Crixell Saloon was located on Elizabeth and 12th Streets, in the heart of downtown Brownsville. The three brothers - Teofilo, Vincente, and Joseph (Jose) - were successful saloon owners and they eventually expanded to a second location across from Market Square, calling it the White Elephant Saloon. The brothers were involved in local politics, with Teofilo and Vincente both serving as City Commissioners. They continued to work in the saloon business until they were shut down by Prohibition in the 1920s. The recreated Saloon located in the museum is set in 1912 at the original Saloon - the same year Jose was shot and killed by political rivals.
The Brownsville Heritage Complex is located at 1325 E. Washington Street and is managed by the Brownsville Historical Association. For more information on BHA programs and exhibits please call 956-541-5560
Saturday, July 17, 2010
It was unfortunate that head curator Jenifer Cahn was said to have left the BMFA before the show openned perhaps changing the outcome of this art exhibit. "Other Worlds" was hosted by new assistant curator Laura Ochoa.
The show has a lot to offer everyone. Some works that are sure to take you beyond imagination perhaps the "other worlds" that exist in the brush of this talented artist.
Saturday, June 26, 2010
Contact: Gaye Greever McElwain, TCA(512) 936-6562, firstname.lastname@example.org
TEXAS COMMISSION ON THE ARTS TO PRESENT GRANT WORKSHOPS--------------------------Information on Grant Programs and Arts Education InitiativesAvailable at Brownsville and McAllen Workshops
Austin , TX – June 18, 2010 - The Texas Commission on the Arts (TCA) will hold two grant workshops for cultural, educational and arts organizations in the Rio Grande Valley region on June 30 and July 1. The workshops will provide information on TCA’s grant programs and arts education initiatives. These workshops are open to the public and free of charge. Arts administrators, arts educators, fine arts coordinators, librarians and artists are encouraged to attend. The first workshop takes place on Wednesday, June 30, and will be hosted by the Brownsville Historical Association at 1325 E. Washington Street from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. A second workshop will be held on Thursday, July 1, at South Texas College , at 3201 W. Pecan Street , Library Building F, Rainbow Room in McAllen from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Leading the workshops will be TCA Program Administrators Mia Marisol Buentello and Chuck Winkler. Ms. Buentello was stationed at TCA’s Rio Grande Valley office prior to its closure in 2008 and has experience working with the RGV arts community. Mr. Winkler has expertise in arts education and looks forward to meeting arts educators and fine arts coordinators from the Rio Grande Valley region. To register for the free workshops, contact Ms. Buentello at 1-800-252-9415, Ext. 66559 or at email@example.com. TCA Grant guidelines and applications are available online at www.arts.state.tx.us. About The Texas Commission on the ArtsThe mission of the Texas Commission on the Arts (TCA) is to advance our state economically and culturally by investing in a creative Texas . TCA supports a diverse and innovative arts community in Texas , throughout the nation and internationally by providing resources to enhance economic development, arts education, cultural tourism and artist sustainability initiatives. For more information on TCA and its programs, please visit www.arts.state.tx.us.
Mia Marisol BuentelloProgram AdministratorDirect Line: 512-936-6559 Toll Free 1-800-252-9415, Ext. 66559Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Visit us at www.arts.state.tx.us
The spirit of "CUATRO" is manifested in the belief that four make one,in this case, four painters make one thing: art.
Wednesday, June 16, 2010
FOLLOW : GABRIEL TREVINO AND OTHER ARTISTS ON "FACE BOOK"
Gabriel Trevino : Finally got a chance to visit Brownsville Art and Culture Center located inside market square building...."en el centro-terminal de boses". Got a chance to speak to artist Mahay Trevino during one of her art classes which is open to the public. Lots of art on the walls by members and available for purchase. Will post some pictures later on The Art of Brownsville blog.
Marilyn Jayn Brown: Hey, thanks for stopping by, usually many of us there on Wed & Thurs. I won't be there for a few weeks because of other commitments.
JOIN AND BECOME A FRIEND......
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